Posts Tagged ‘Phyllis Tickle’

OD Today: 20 January 2009 (late edition)

January 20, 2009

Same day, same issues, more or less: lots of reaction to the Obama inaugural. I’m facing a long night, so I’m posting a short update here.

  1. Ingrid Schlueter quotes Albert Mohler on American religion, meaning (more or less) Christianity as it is filtered through American values. “As much as Christians in this blessed nation should respect and cherish our democratic ideals and system of government, we must keep ever in mind that the Kingdom of God is ruled by a higher and infinitely more perfect law and system of governance. Be warned: God is not running for office, and heaven is not a democracy.”
  2. Tim Challies offers links a la carte as he does most every day; a couple of them are “1.20.09” related, including John Piper‘s advice on being pro-life under a pro-choice president (circa 1992).
  3. Lighthouse Trails excerpts an article by Berit Kjos warning against creeping Socialism. Kjos connects a number of dots (Hitler, Stalin, Rick Warren, and Barack Obama), but mostly warns against (if I am reading her correctly) the quest for solidarity and common ground as ingredients in a recipe for totalitarianism.
  4. Terry Mattingly parses some numbers regarding the popularity of Barack Obama’s decision to invite Rick Warren to pray at his inauguration. “By the way, did I read that right? Did a higher percentage of DEMOCRATS favor the Warren choice than Republicans?”
  5. Confessing Lutheran Mollie Hemingway offers yet another take on more or less the same story we’ve seen in the 2004 Cathleen Falsani interview with Barack Obama and related articles. “The ultimate civil religion president, perhaps?”
  6. Desert Pastor recaps, comments on Rick Warren’s prayer. “Good ending by concluding in the name of Jesus (and the inclusion of the Muslim, Spanish, and Hebrew variations of Jesus). I am just afraid that this man has chosen to misrepresent the true nature of God and His Only Begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ!”
  7. Ken Silva puts Queermergent into context within his ongoing study of Phyllis Tickle and the Emergent Church, also mentions Peter Rollins and Adele Sakler.
  8. John Sexton excerpts Barack Obama’s inaugural address. “Will he deliver [safety] or will he make the same mistakes previous Democratic Presidents have made? With Gaza in flames and Iran on the verge of constructing its first nukes, I think we’ll know soon enough.”
  9. Terry Mattingly catches ABC News fumbling a Rick Warren reference to a “great cloud of witnesses” as being a reference to Martin Luther King Jr.
  10. Rich at Take Up Your Cross offers a term for a religion with Barack Obama as its Messiah: “Obamianity.” “In the minds of many people, our new President has been elevated to an almost Messiah-like status.”
  11. Christine at Talk Wisdom takes up the question of Bible Codes referring to the new President. I’d completely forgotten about Bible Codes. Completely.

Why didn’t somebody at one of the the various conservative news sources dig up the Falsani interview in (say) September 2008?

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OD Today: 5 January 2009 (early edition)

January 5, 2009

Not much new news overnight, and nothing on Gaza.

  1. Kit links to a 2006 article by Jack McNeil defending Paul the Apostle from charges by various unnamed accusers.
  2. Howard Fisher offers more quotes from Michael Horton’s book Christless Christianity.
  3. Darryl Foster makes good on his promise to give scriptural arguments for his “Top 15 lies” article. “In Matthew 19: when Jesus was asked about divorce, the answer he gave condemned all sexual activity outside the male-female marriage covenant.”
  4. Miriam Franklin promotes a comment regarding Cal Pierce to an article of its own. “I recently went to one of their services, and they had a cameo appearance from Cal who preached a brief sermon on the “removal of our minds” (instead of the “renewal of our minds”). He literally claimed that renewal meant removal.”
  5. Miriam Franklin on the free-spending (now-former) Episcopal priest, Gregory Malia.
  6. I’m Speaking Truth picks up the Phyllis Tickle/Sola Scriptura story. This article is mostly a quote and a collection of links.
  7. I’m Speaking Truth offers a long quote from Tyler Wigg-Stevenson, author of Brand Jesus. “don’t believe that all church marketing is evil and misguided, but this article is proof that we must be careful what we seek when marketing the Gospel message. Overall, this article is a good read.”
  8. John Baker picks up Timothy Paul Jones’s article on modesty.
  9. Mike Ratliff takes on the question of unpardonable sin. “I heard one preacher say that only first century Jews could commit this sin. Is that right?”
  10. Jeremy at Renewing Our Minds links to part one of The God Makers. This is a 1982 anti-Mormon film; this appears to be available in various bit torrents, but I don’t see a stream for the full movie anywhere online.
  11. Lighthouse Trails offers a Paul Proctor article on Rick Warren and Barack Obama. “Come on – we’re talking about Huggy Bear Rick in Washington D.C – not Jonah at Nineveh.
  12. Boyd Miller takes on Obama/Warren, asks why nobody appeals to Matthew 6:5-6; “This unscriptural and hypocritical practice is so widely accepted in the public church (I am distinguishing between public and private church, which I won’t address here.) by people who boldly claim the inerrant nature of scripture and rigorously hold to Holy Scripture as the final authority in all matters, yet not a single word can I find on any of the ODM’s about this hypocrisy, nor have I ever heard this scripture taken seriously in the traditional church. Why is this ignored?”
  13. James Swan on Catholic apologists’ claims that there are 33,000 Protestant denominations. This is followup on an article by James White dissecting the 33,000 number.
  14. Dorothy Adams gives a quick overview of hyper-preterism.
  15. Phil Naessens links to a five-part series by Walter Martin on witnessing to Jehovah’s Witnesses.
  16. Darryl Foster links to an article about a suit by Harriet Bernstein and Luisa Paster against the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association, predicts dire consequences. “So now if atheists, polygamists and wiccans want to get married on the church’s property all they have to do is claim discrimination based on this precedent. Get ready, homosexual marriages are coming to a church near you, whether you want it or not.”
  17. Sharon Lindbloom offers comments from Christian ex-Mormon Katrina Marti on the differences between Christianity and Mormonism. “So, in the end, for me, I can see so clearly that there’s a wide, vast gap between us and them, and it’s not just in doctrine…”

OT Today 19 December 2008

December 19, 2008

Links links links. We’re still refining our method here, so please bear with us.

  • John Baker links to an article by James Thomas on speaking the truth in love. Thomas’s article includes a reference to Walter Ralston Martin.
  • Apologetics Index links to Chapter 9 of Ron Enroth’s 1992 book Churches That Abuse: Abusive Churches Make Leaving Painful.
  • Steve Knight presents videos featuring Phyllis Tickle and Peter Rollins on emerging/emergent/emergence as terms to describe their movement.
  • Paul Procter parses the Share International/Maitreya announcement that appeared via PRNewswire on the MarketWatch website last week.
  • Pew Forum: Many Americans Say Other Faiths Can Lead to Eternal Life
  • Lighthouse Trails links to Paul Procter.
  • La Shawn Barber endorses Obama’s selection of Warren.
  • comments on Warren’s statement on Obama invocation. I count six rhetorical questions, all about abortion.
  • Ingrid Schleuter comments on Obama/Warren, cites a Chicago Tribune piece by self-proclaimed seeker Manya Brachear, who coines the term “purpose-driven presidency.” links to Schlueter’s post.
  • Ingrid Schleuter links to this YouTube video from user Starlitshores entitled “Fetal Development” and refers to “the inauguration of our pro-death President and Rick Warren who will pray God’s blessings on him.” me-toos, without the embedded video.
  • Ingrid Schlueter comments on Warren’s statement on Obama invocation. I count six rhetorical questions, all about abortion. She also adds a link to a Jim Brown column at the American Family Network’s OneNewsNow claiming the Obama Administration is planning a “$1.5 billion ‘bailout’ of the abortion industry.” Brown quotes from the legislative action alert at the Susan B. Anthony list, and quotes its chairman, Marjorie Dannenfelser.
  • John Baker picks up the Share International/Maitreya story, with comments.
  • passes on a press release from Troy Newman at Operation Rescue, via Christian Newswire, regarding the Obama/Warren invocation.
  • Jeffrey Whittaker returns with part two of  his series on William Young’s novel The Shack.
  • Ingrid Schlueter links to an editorial over at World Net Daily by Matt Barber entitled “Today’s Baal Worshipers.” In it he quotes John Mabray, pastor at Rivermont Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Lynchburg, VA: “The principal pillars of Baalism were child sacrifice, sexual immorality (both heterosexual and homosexual) and pantheism (reverence of creation over the Creator).” Barber goes on to say “But it’s not just self-styled ‘progressives’ or secular humanists who have adopted the fundamental pillars of Baalism. In these postmodern times, we’ve also been graced, regrettably, by the advent of counter-biblical ’emergent Christianity’ or ‘quasi-Christianity,’ as I prefer to call it. ” Barber is among other things associate dean of the Liberty University Law School.
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every five hundred years

December 18, 2008

As best I can tell, Phyllis Tickle is arguing that because of a cultural shift, Protestantism as we know it is giving way to something currently known as the Emergent Church. I’m guessing it will be called something else once it emerges. She has a list of things that are aspects of this shift; I don’t know what they are, but Jonathan Brink quotes her as saying there are forty-four of them. He lists three; well, two and a half:

  • A change in how the Church (Universal?) addresses homosexuality
  • A move away from Sola Scriptura
  • A reversal of the division she sees as a consequence of Sola Scriptura

Ken Silva (Apprising Ministries) visited Brink at the link above; if I understand him correctly he focuses on the move away from Sola Scriptura first and the issue of homosexuality second at his weblog. Via discusses Tickle’s book, collects some related links, and lays out a couple of points, both about the relationship between culture and the Gospel: cultures shape spiritual trends and press compromise on the Gospel.

Brink rightly questions why these historical arcs are roughly 500 years long (and not, say, fifty).

I haven’t seen that list of 44 things yet.